Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 33,774 confirmed cases as of April 14.
They also reported two new deaths in Santa Maria residents between the ages of 50 and 69. One of the people is said to have had underlying health issues.
Santa Barbara County has had 443 deaths attributed to the virus.
Health officials say 19 people are hospitalized and 33,175 people have recovered.
The Public Health Department reports that 54 of the county's 77 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Four of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.
Santa Barbara County says it has met the criteria for one week to move into the state’s orange COVID-19 tier, which would ease restrictions even more.
The county says if metrics are met for another week, the move to the orange tier could happen as early as Wednesday, April 21.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Santa Maria - 11,375
- Santa Barbara - 6,323
- Lompoc - 3,614
- Orcutt - 1,796
- Goleta - 1,765
- Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,353
- Isla Vista - 1,285
- Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,281
- Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,190
- Lompoc federal prison - 1,091
- Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) – 1,004
Multiple free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.
Appointments are required at those locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.
Walk-in only testing is available at the following locations:
- La Cumbre Junior High School, 2255 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara - Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
- Franklin Elementary School, 1111 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara - Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.
- Isla Vista Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista - Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.
All Santa Barbara County residents 16 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the county-run vaccination clinics. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.
For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit publichealthsbc.org.